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Women and equality in the workplace : a reference handbook
Giele, Janet Zollinger.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2003]

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xiii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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An expert guide to women's quest for fairness in the workplace, marking the great legal and social advances as well as continuing inequalities.

* A detailed chronology, statistics and legal cases, list of relevant organizations, bibliography, and nonprint resources

* A timeline of major developments, biographies of women pioneers, and information about organizations and academic programs devoted to women's studies and equal rights

Author Notes

Janet Zollinger Giele is professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Brandeis University and founding director of the Family and Children's Policy Center at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Leslie F. Stebbins is a reference librarian at the Brandeis University Libraries where she serves as liaison to the Brandeis University Sociology Department, Women's Studies Program, and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management

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Giele (sociology and women's studies, Brandeis Univ.) and Stebbins (reference librarian, Brandeis Univ.) have written a volume that can serve as a useful starting point for exploring the topics and available source material on gender employment equality. Chapters cover in turn the broad topic of women's progress toward employment equality; current legal remedies and social policies related to equalizing education and employment opportunities; a chronology from 1900 through 2002 of relevant events (mainly in the US); biographical sketches of some pioneers, activists, and scholars in the area; legal facts and statistical data; listings of relevant organizations in the US and internationally; graduate programs that pertain to gender and development; and capsule summaries of selected print and nonprint resources. The book is a tertiary source, relying heavily on secondary sources. As such, it can provide a good launch for lower-division students' projects on particular key persons, legal milestones, or broad topics. However, given its lack of analytical depth and its limited coverage of time spans and societies other than those in the US, it cannot (and does not claim to) serve as a full stand-alone work or as an encyclopedic resource on this topic. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduate collections. J. P. Jacobsen Wesleyan University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
1 Women's Progress toward Equality in Employmentp. 1
Gender Equity from an International Perspectivep. 3
The Promise of Modernizationp. 3
The Impact of Globalizationp. 5
Factors that Promote Equalityp. 7
Women's Rising Labor Force Participation in the United Statesp. 14
New Job Opportunities (Changes in Demand)p. 15
Changes in Women's Availability and Desire for Employment (Labor Supply)p. 17
Reorganization of Work, Family, and Life Patternsp. 17
Differentials in Men's and Women's Occupations and Earningsp. 23
Gender Patterns in U.S. Occupationsp. 25
The Earnings Differentialp. 27
Explanations of the Earnings Penalty to Womenp. 28
Education, Experience, and Human Capital Theoryp. 30
Educational Attainmentp. 31
Time on the Jobp. 32
Skill Requirements of Specific Occupationsp. 33
Discrimination and Sex Segregationp. 34
Evidence of Discriminationp. 34
"Taste" for Discriminationp. 35
Gender Typing and Overcrowdingp. 36
Internal Labor Marketsp. 38
The Shape of the Futurep. 39
Major Role Patternsp. 39
Importance of Societal Contextp. 40
Changes in Labor Supplyp. 41
Changes in Occupational Structurep. 41
Changes in Tastes and Valuesp. 42
Summaryp. 43
Referencesp. 45
2 Legal Remedies and Social Policiesp. 53
Equal Opportunity in Employmentp. 56
From Protectionism to Equal Opportunityp. 57
Legal Progress toward Equal Employment Opportunityp. 58
Enforcement of the Equal Pay Act and of Title VIIp. 59
Sexual Harassmentp. 65
Social Policy for Women in Blue-Collar Workp. 67
Equal Opportunity in Educationp. 68
Role of the Women's Movementp. 69
Provisions of Title IXp. 70
Single-Sex and Coeducational Programsp. 74
Athletics and Competitive Sports in Schools and Collegesp. 75
Integration of Work and Family Obligationsp. 78
Child Care Policyp. 79
Work and Family Policyp. 82
Workfare and Welfare Reformp. 92
Summaryp. 95
Referencesp. 97
3 Chronologyp. 107
Referencesp. 154
4 Biographical Sketchesp. 157
Pioneersp. 157
Madeleine Korbel Albright (1937-)p. 157
Shirley Chisholm (1924-)p. 159
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-)p. 161
Anita Hill (1956-)p. 162
Billie Jean King (1943-)p. 163
Sally Ride (1951-)p. 164
Activistsp. 166
Linda Chavez-Thompson (1944-)p. 166
Betty Friedan (1921-)p. 167
Martha Edna Wright Griffiths (1912-)p. 169
Bernice Resnick Sandler (1928-)p. 170
Eleanor Smeal (1939-)p. 172
Gloria Steinem (1934-)p. 173
Scholarsp. 175
Barbara Bergmann (1927-)p. 175
Francine Blau (1946-)p. 176
Jo Freeman (1945-)p. 177
Claudia Goldin (1946-)p. 179
Alice Kessler-Harris (1941-)p. 180
Catharine MacKinnon (1946-)p. 181
Barbara Reskinp. 182
Referencesp. 184
5 Legal Facts and Statistical Datap. 187
Legal Factsp. 187
Legislationp. 190
Court Casesp. 195
Executive Ordersp. 205
Statistical Datap. 207
Labor Force Participation Ratep. 207
Differentials in Earningsp. 210
Occupational Segregationp. 213
Educational Attainmentp. 215
Family Demographics and Household Compositionp. 218
Housework and Child Carep. 221
Discrimination and Sexual Harassmentp. 226
Emerging International Issues of Sex Equalityp. 229
Referencesp. 230
6 Directory of Organizationsp. 233
Organizations in the United Statesp. 234
Graduate Programs Pertaining to Women and International Developmentp. 245
International Organizationsp. 251
7 Selected Print Resourcesp. 259
Booksp. 259
General Overview and History of Gender and Employmentp. 259
Pay Equity, Occupational Sex Segregation, and Comparable Worthp. 263
International and Comparative Studiesp. 268
Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Workp. 271
Work and Familyp. 274
Journalsp. 278
8 Selected Nonprint Resourcesp. 281
Videos and Web Sitesp. 281
Activism and Organizingp. 281
Discrimination, the Glass Ceiling, and Gender Issues at Workp. 283
Education and Career Choicep. 287
History, Diversity, and International Perspectivesp. 290
Sexual Harassmentp. 294
Web Resourcesp. 298
United States Web Sitesp. 298
International Web Sitesp. 300
Glossaryp. 303
Indexp. 313
About the Authorsp. 335